1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sawyer's TripleSawyer's Triple

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

135 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 43
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-04-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 112 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wiseguy142
wiseguy142

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine picked this up for me on his trip to CA. Here it goes.

Pours straw yellow with a brilliantly white head and lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma of yeast, bananas, and sweet fruit and sugar.

Taste is incredibly malty with more flavor coming from the malt than from the yeast. Odd for this style, but very tasty. Very sweet and a slight alcohol presence and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel is very slick and heavy. Not a lot of feel from the carbonation. Considerably more drinkable than many

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 02:00:01 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of dfillius
dfillius

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a wine glass. One of many unique beers I found at the World Bistro shop during my visit home for the holidays.
A: Moderate pour yields very little head, why so little? Tiny bubble ring, but overall disappointing head level. Dark gold/slightly amber color liquid that is slightly cloudy. Too dark for tripel I would say - pretty, but unconventional. More head please.
S: Belgian fruit, banana, musty farmhouse ale smell, holy basil.
T: Sweet, musty, coriander and clove, nice malt character, honey.
M: Slightly syrupy. Tingly from spicy and herbal character (not carbonation). Good feeling in the mouth.
D: Good. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Wouldn't order another, but would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:34:24 | More by dfillius
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

1.9/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber into a Stone tulip. Golden-amber appearance, semi-hazy, with two fingers of pure white froth. Signature tripel appearance. The nose is bubblegum, pure bubblegum. I honestly can't pick out anything else. Whatever yeast they use for this stuff, I'm not a fan. Tastes like a bubblegum sandwich; light breadiness mixed with shitloads of bubblegum. The mouthfeel is sweet from start to finish; where's the dryness? I've never been a huge fan of Stone's attempts at Belgian ales, but damn, this one just sucks.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 04:22:21 | More by largadeer
Photo of HalfFull
HalfFull

California

2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a large wine glass. Pours a mostly clear light golden in color with a short lived head and just a touch of haze. Retention is brief, surrendering to a surface cap for the duration of the glass, or a surface ring more accurately as this soon looks like apple juice. You really need to force the pour if you want a good head here.

Smell is somewhat sweet and yeasty but offers little depth. Notes of sweet rollup fruits plus some alcohol. Improves with warming. Sweetness easily trumps any yeast notes here, this is the antithesis of a good Belgian in the nose. Yeast notes abound when agitated but settle down rather quickly and remain cloaked in malts of secrecy most of the time.

Taste is a bit soapy sweet and again offers only moderate depth. What's there is citric sweet to a degree, with orange notes dominating.

Decent feel and drink but not really. The beer seems rushed and has a malty sweetness that offers little reason to linger.

Surely an American Triple. Malts are uniform and without a lot of character, yet the sweetness is apparent though not complex. As I embrace Belgian Tripels I question American versions thereof.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 06:34:56 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester is dominating and quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester and light sweet Belgian style malt. Taste is really smooth and alcohol is well hidden as well as any peppery yeast notes usually associated with the style. Maybe a tad too sweet but very well done overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 04:01:58 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of coldmeat23
coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Big thanks to RodBurg for this one!

Pours a clear, golden, orange color, with a hint of amber. One finger head of frothy white foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent, but minimal.

Nice sugarey sweetness greets me first. Followed up with some nice fruitiness and a touch of spices. Slight hints of malts.

A very good, mild triple. Nice fruit flavors, accompanied by a touch of floral. Apples, pears and a touch of banana, are mixed with corriander and clove. The spices are balanced by a nice level of sugar sweetness.

Nice and creamy smooth feeling, in the mouth. Enough body to interest you, yet not enough to overpower. Perfect level of medium carbonation.

If you want a brew that doesn't ask too much of you, this could be it. Very smooth, light, and easy to drink. Recommended, if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 06:13:45 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of TurdFurgison
TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to organicbrewer for this Stone bomber. Very touching background based on the description on the bottle, and I applaud Stone for the efforts to raise money for ALD research.

The beer is crystal clear and gold colored with almost no head. The smell is spot on for a tripel, I'd assume Golden Monkey if this was a blind test. Sweet sugary aroma with some spice and a little alcohol. The taste is very sweet, spicy hops breaking up the sugary flavors very well, an after-taste almost like anise? The body is appropriate for the stylelight and drinkable. A very nice take on the style, not overly hopped as you might expect (and want) from Stone, but there's nothing wrong with hitting a bulls eye.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 01:34:16 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of KevinBrewer
KevinBrewer

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange-gold with a light white head. Moderate retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma of cloves, banana skin, light spices, and flowery hops. Slight sting of alcohol.

Light, sweet fruity taste (pears, bananas) mixed with floral hops, followed by spiciness and alcohol. Light clean hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste of grain husk and alcohol.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

The alcoholic qualities limit the drinkability for me, but otherwise it is a nice brew.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2009 01:19:22 | More by KevinBrewer
Photo of rallison
rallison

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New bottling of this beer.

A: Golden orange with a minimal white head that dies relatively quickly.

S: Phenolic sweetness with a coriander sort of spice character. Decent, but not all that inviting for me.

T: A bit on the sweet side with touches of caramel and a somewhat sharp spice and alcohol bite toward the end. Not all that complex and doesn't intrigue like the really good triples (a tough feat though, apparently). Meh.

M: Decent carbonation, but it just isn't lively on the tongue. Something about it seems to weigh it down in a way I don't enjoy. I suppose it could be a tad more dry - that could help.

D: As above, meh.

Maybe some age will help, but this is not really a great triple. Admittedly, I've had few American triples that were truly good, but still. Well, let's see how it ages..

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:21:43 | More by rallison
Photo of sweetbrew82
sweetbrew82

California

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ No freshness date

Big thanks go out to Joe for this!

P: Pours yellow from the bottle, and sits apricot in the glass. Barely a 1/2 inch head of off-white foam that disappeared immediately. Not much lacing.

A: Citrus-flavored bubblegum, ripe bananas & pears, light malts, dash of pepper, and a slight alcohol presence. Smells good!

T: Bubblegum flavors burst onto the scene from the opening sip, accompanied by floral (and slightly citrusy) hops, bruised bananas, apples, pears, and cloves all tied together by a light malt presence. Sweet for the first second, then leans toward being a bit more bitter & spicy from the pepper & alcohol. Finishes dry with a much more pronounced malt, and a kiss of yeast to balance things out. This is damn tasty!

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, clean, moderately carbonated for a good bite.

D: Very drinkable. I sit here writing this wishing that I had another to enjoy.

Notes: I sure am glad that I was able to get my hands on one of these puppies. I enjoyed it immensely! Complex, full-flavored, and downright satisfying. What else would you expect from Stone. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 03:48:39 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of mikedashg
mikedashg

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pored into a Stone sniffer. Pours nice with a thick white head that comes very late in the pour. Nice and easy pour. Golden Yellow / Apricot in color. There is some light lacing, but it disappears very quickly.

Smell: Clove, Banana, Light Hops

Taste: Clove, banana, vanilla, moderate bitterness, very hefeweizen like. Would be a good entry level craft brew for someone who is use to adjunct lagers.

Mouthful: well carbonated and moderate mouthfeel

Very good drinkability on this one. Nice and smooth, good carbonation. Not too heavy, not too light. The ABV on this one isn't over the top, but more then your average brew.

I would bring this to a party of adjunct lager drinkers and open their eyes to good taste, flavor, a little higher ABV and still REAL drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:15:14 | More by mikedashg
Photo of badbeer
badbeer

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apricot color with a white head that doesn't really leave any lacing or retention. Smell is grainy and has some nice clove, bubblegum, and some other spice to it. Taste is sweet, grainy malt with some light spice, clove, bubblegum, and lemon to it. Higher than medium body with relatively light carbonation to it. Might be a bit better if it was more dry, but it's still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 03:37:18 | More by badbeer
Photo of ArrogantB
ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to mashmaster, nice golden orange clear color, decent head, decent lacing. Smells like a fruity tripel. The taste is subtle but nice spice, fruit flavors, usual tripel profile. I was actually surprised to like this as much as I did but it was good and the lower (for a tripel) ABV was welcome.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 05:01:57 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of CrellMoset
CrellMoset

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of numbeercruncher - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a clear, filtered orange gold, very vibrant and bright. The half-finger white head fades distressingly quickly, unfortunately, and the lacing is splotchy, runny, glittery. Carbonation is faint as well, though what is there is fast, fine, quick. The color's really nice, though I really wish the head had a little more to offer.

Aroma: Now that's more like it. Very crisp and clean, with tons of fruit, spice, and great Belgian malt notes. Pineapple, clove, and bubble gum seem to be the dominant three representing from each of those category, though there are deviations - pears and bananas, coriander and faint cinnamon, honey and other sweet, pale pils malts. Faint herbal notes - thyme, mint - are faintly noticeable. Very complex and full-bodied.

Taste: Halfway between sweet and dry, and very similar to the nose - fruity, spicy, and malty. It's really very similar to the nose, in fact - pineapple, banana, melon, clove, bubble gum, cotton candy - but with a soupcon of tartness that detracts ever so slightly from a few of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and medium bodied, but incredibly even and thin. It's fantastically delicate and smooth, but still somehow crisp and lively. Great.

Drinkability: What a fantastic beer, and for such a fantastic cause too. I'm very, very glad to have tried this one - many thanks again to a fantastic trader, numbeercruncher - and definitely would recommend it to others. Alcohol is not unreasonable for the style and well-hidden, the flavors and aromas are wonderfully complex and inviting, the mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp ... I'm gonna have to call this one a definite winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 08:01:30 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/17/08- Purchased at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 22oz silk screened bottle. Not sure of the freshness. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very clear orange-amber colored pour. Smaller 1/2 inch, quickly dissapating head. Leaves some light streaks and a few spots of lace.

Smell- Mild whiff of alcohol, lots of brewers yeast, some corriander and a bubble gum nose.

Taste- Bubble gum is quite heavy. Could actually pass for a hefe, or maybe a kristallweizen. Good amount of corriander and some light sugar. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Flavors meld together decently enough. Hops come through at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower carbonation level. Very crisp with a very slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Good job by Stone. Not great, but definitely drinkable. Worth every penny for the cause. I would by more if it were available out here just for that reason alone.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 16:06:07 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Brewsmith
Brewsmith

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2L growler fill at the brewery. Golden yellow with a small white head. Clear. Aroma is banana and bubblegum with a little spice. Malty with more of the bubblegum fruitiness. Clean and dry with a little more fruit in the finish. Some alcohol in there. Balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2008 08:40:29 | More by Brewsmith
Photo of d0ggnate
d0ggnate

California

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer for a great cause. I can think of no better reason to enjoy craft beer than this.

A: Poured clear amber/orange with nearly no head. Thin, off-white bubble layer faded immediately into nothing.
S: Strong candied belgian sugar smell. Sweet aroma of alcohol/brandy. Slight fruit-like, melon notes hinted at.
T: Continued sugary taste, but more caramelized in the taste. The flavors of light belgian yeast, candied sugar and rich, warming alcohol continue.
M: Very sweet and almost sticky on the tongue. Also has a palate-puckering quality.
D: I was happy to grab a few bottles upon its re-release and have marked it from my proverbial list of beers I'd like to try. With that said I thought this Stone triple was a nice representation of the style. Delicious and worthy of some praise.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 06:04:35 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of dalion037
dalion037

California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had not heard of this beer so when i saw it on tap I had to have one. This is a very typical Belgium Tripel. The color was golden brown and it had a nice head on it. The aroma was strong with coriander. It felt like a tripel in my mouth. The evervescence was that of champagne which was nice on the palate. I very good tripel from a bunch of California Yankees.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 02:08:48 | More by dalion037
Photo of vacax
vacax

California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from the Stone Company Store. $5.99 with 100% of the revenue going to Fight ALD! Beer brewed for a noble cause and enjoyed with great respect.

A: Amber with honey and gold flair in a mildly cloudy muddled beer. Thin but good looking white head.

S: Belgian yeast, fresh grains, hay.

T: A crisp, clean version of an Americanized triple with a pronounced hop presence in the end. Spicy. Prototypical example of a quality American recreation of a Belgian style. I actually greatly prefer this to most Belgian triples. Yet the flavors here are quite classic. Nothing too imaginative, just a quality triple.

M: Light to medium body that is well carbonated. I would like a bit less carbonation, a bit slicker.

D: I think this is an examplary triple brewed in America. If this is what you like, this is going to drink beautifully. Personally this doesn't capture my imagination, but it is quality nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 21:42:58 | More by vacax
Photo of goodspeed94
goodspeed94

California

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: More of an orange, copper color than others of this style. Fair head retention, transparent body. I'm interested.

S: Yeast, citrus, also see the Chiclet type gum smell. Hints of coriander, ginger. Hard for me to stop smelling this and actually write something because it smells really good.

T: Something is going on here where I feel like I am being brought fast up some flavor roller coaster, and then as I'm about to make the 200ft drop, the ride breaks. Not that the taste of this one is bad, far from it, I just feel like it is stealing it away from me. This is probably just me. That said, the upfront citrus and lingering yeast taste is really nice, very smooth, spices complement well.

M: Good body, light on the palate, large citrus profile, one of those where you let out a big sigh after a sip. Perfect after a long Sunday at work (I know).

D: The difference here is drinkability. Would easily drink this all day, would love it in one of those Adirondack chairs out in the Stone gardens on a good sunny, fall San Diego day.

Fairly different than other Tripels, glad this one was brought back. And to justify drinking this beer as charity, can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 03:46:34 | More by goodspeed94
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received from an incredible trade with numbeercruncher... badass... poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" rocky head.. big and bubbly.. only slight lace... brew is slightly hazy deep golden honey.

Aroma is sorta mild and lends to spicy phenols.. clove.. bready pale malts, albeit light... some banana as it warms.

Flavor is again only mildly phenolic.. pepper and some subtle bubblegum... fruity esters come in mid/late palate as a little bit of orange... some pear essence... a little sweetness from front to back helps carry and blend all the flavors together. Body is pretty much spot on .. so is the carbonation.. drinkability might take a hit just because it really doesn't seem as complex as it's European brothers.

Interesting take on the style and one of the best Belgian styles I've had from Stone. Glad I got a chance to try this, I've tried to trade for the 1st run a few times over the years and was shut down hard every time. Thanks to numbeercruncher for a simply fantastic trade.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 05:50:40 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of chrisafari
chrisafari

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: subtle spice, easters (banana) and bubble-gum.

Pours golden amber with thin white head. Easy to make a nice with a quick swirl, but fades quickly.

Flavor: similar to the nose. Pronounced flavors of sweet and pungent fruit: subtle citrus with mostly plum. There is a nice spicy finish in the throat.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body. No lacing. Nice carb., though.

Drinkability: medium to medium-low. The bubble gum easters take away from the drinkability.

Overall: ok. Seems a little weak for Stone. Not my favorite. The bubble gum easters were too overpowering for me, in the nose and in the flavor. I wish there was more spice and more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 02:59:51 | More by chrisafari
Photo of scottoale
scottoale

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown Stone bomber into a Chimay chalice, a bright amber-gold with a small 1/3" of white foamy head. The head turns to surface patch and a ring, with very little clinging lace. Good carbonation with tons of microscopic bubbles rising from the bottom.

Sweet, fruity, yeasty and spicy...very nice Belgian type Triple nose. Ripe green apple, banana, pear, yeast and candi sugar to name a few of the aromatics coming through.

The flavor is even more complex with a fruit filled sweetness that tapers off to a hop and yeasty spiciness in the finish. A light warming from the 7.6% alcohol, lingers with the aftertaste. Medium body and perfect carbonation for this style, give this brew an authentic taste and drinkability that I truly recommend.

The beer has not been brewed for several years and has been brought back by Stone for it's original charities sake. The proceeds from this brew go to an organization to help fight ALD's, a life threatening disease. A worthy cause.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 21:55:20 | More by scottoale
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this blast from the past...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, melon, apricots, pears, spices, and light bananas.
Taste mimics the aromas with standout flavors of spiced apricots, and poached pears pulling through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, mildly sweet, spicy, and slightly oxidized.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:18:22 | More by weeare138
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at stone the other day. I noticed that they also had 22 oz bottles for sale but didn't really want to pay $22 for it. This is definitely starting to age and I like it.

The color was a golden yellow and was fairly hazy. Looked like a good belgian tripel. There was a touch of foam, about 1/2 inch but it didn't last long.

The smell was partly fruity with some orange showing through. There was a lot of base malt in the smell and it smelled real sweet. Pretty strong smelling for a tripel. The flavor was also very sweet with a touch of fruit but most of it was the pale malt. There was a hint of bread there but not real strong. I think the alcohol had more of a bite to it than the hops did at this point.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable. I'm glad that the money paid for this beer is going to a good cause but I'm not sure that I want to pay $22 for a 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2008 20:58:02 | More by t0rin0
Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.